COLUMBIA – A fire extensively damaged a north Columbia duplex Monday morning.
The fire at 2413 Creeks Edge Court left one side of a two-story rental house scorched after spreading from the garage up the front of the property. The other side of the duplex suffered minor smoke damage. No one was injured.
Both occupants were able to escape. One was checked by medics but was not complaining of any injuries.
Three Columbia Fire Department engines, one Columbia Fire Department rescue squad vehicle and one Boone Hospital Center ambulance responded to the fire after receiving a call at 11:40 a.m. from Eric Brockman, a visitor staying at a neighbor's house.
Brockman said he saw flames in the open garage in the back corner. He then notified the occupants of both sides of the duplex and tried to put the flames out with garden hoses from surrounding homes.
As of about 12:30 p.m. Monday, Battalion Chief Steve Sapp said an investigation was ongoing and no possible causes had been ruled out.